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Event: Future Focus EXPO, October 12, 2010; Lynchburg, VA

Future Focus EXPO 2010The 5th annual Future Focus EXPO, hosted by Region 2000 Technology Council, is a career exploration event for middle school and high school students. Career and educational opportunities will be offered from more than 50 area companies. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will also be on hand, and there are numerous give-aways and prizes.

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Outreach: California STEM Careers Program

California State University-ChicoFive California State Universities have received a Learn and Serve America Higher Education grant totaling $1.5 million from The Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant is based on California State University-San Bernardino’s CoyoteCareers program. It will fund a new program, “STEM SQUARED,” which will support service learning in STEM disciplines, as well as academic support, career skills training, and networking opportunities.

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Carnegie Mellon Offers “Hard Fun” Robotics

Young Students Work with RoboticsThanks to a $7 million government grant, Carnegie Mellon University’s Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE) program is giving kids hands-on experience with robots. The researchers hope to combat a national decline in the number of college students majoring in science, engineering, and math.

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Majority of Teachers Happy with Jobs

A healthy majority of teachers describe themselves as satisfied with their careers, according to a recent study released by MetLife. Only 17 percent of respondents said they were very or fairly likely to exit the profession within the next five years.

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What Does ‘College Ready’ Mean?

Around half of all high school graduates who enroll in college don’t finish, and a recent poll of employers found that 40 percent of the new grads they hire don’t have the skills necessary to advance in their jobs. But experts agree that, so far, there is no good way to measure how college- and career-ready students are; hence the White House making $350 million available to states to develop new assessments.

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Event: Boys Engineering, Feb. 13, Columbus, OH


In Columbus, Ohio, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is holding a Science career program for boys grades 6-8. The boys will meet professional engineers, discover that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career, and have a great time learning and meeting new friends. Date: Feb. 13, 2010; Application deadline: Jan 29, 2010. Cost: $25.

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